1 Tables Have Turned
2 The Ballad Of The Drunken Drummer
3 I'll Never Love Laughter
4 Awaken The Rake
5 Bean Steam Cream
7 A Wasp Is A Bug
8 For The Nail Of A Want
9 Time Wiggle
10 Blurry Frames For Furry Drains
11 Funeral Procession For Robin McPatsy
12 Ave Maria
13 Blank Track - 20 Second Transition
The recorded waking recollections from which some of the melodies and lyrics for the above compositions were inspired:
14 The Ballad Of The Drunken Drummer
15 I'll Never Love Laughter
16 Bean Steam Cream
18 A Wasp Is A Bug
19 For The Nail Of A Want
20 Time Wiggle
21 Blurry Frames For Furry Drains
22 Funeral Procession For Robin McPatsy
C. Goff III produced the twelve songs that make up Diminutive Dispatches between 2008 and 2009. During this period, he and his wife, Karen, trekked across a series of paths paved by the mysterious deliverers of destiny to a new home and a new creative environment in Kansas City, USA. The events leading up to and following this move provided Goff with a unique blend of subject materials to channel artistically. Like Manna from Heaven, the melodies for nine of these twelve songs originated in Goff's dreams. In many ways, the compositions on this album could be described by philosophers as "divinely inspired."
Dreamed melodies have served as the skeletons for many of Goff's compositions over the course of more than thirty years of song writing. However, never before have Goff's recorded summaries of those dreams been appended to the album which they helped inspire. Here, nine dream recollections that were developed into nine of the songs for Diminutive Dispatches are presented (following a twenty-second long blank track, which serves as a transition between the album and its appendix).
Also included in this archive is a video that Goff produced to illustrate Track 4: "Awaken The Rake."
Goff employed a wide variety of musical instruments and non instruments to create the compositions for Diminutive Dispatches. Recorded here are sounds that Goff produced using acoustic guitars, electronic guitars, an electronic bass, a Moog synthesizer, an ektara, a violin, a ukulele, a tongue drum, a talking drum, badminton drums, xylophones, tambourines, maracas, a buffalo horn, animal calls, an RV kitchen sink, some PVC reed horns, flutes, whistles, shakers, toys, prerecorded cassettes, a Zizzle Zoundz, a computer midi composing tool, some computer audio recording programs, electronic sound effects, a drain gutter, digital keyboards, bells, a hurdy gurdy, and a Melodica.
1 Tables Have Turned is a derivation of the Todd Rundgren song, Tables Will Turn. During the hunt for a new home, Goff tested potential residences for their abilities to retain and direct large volumes of sound. Tables Will Turn was the recording that he used to test the home into which he eventually moved. Little did Goff realize that the opening line of the song was a prophesy:
"Water Water Everywhere
And Not A Place To Stand
My Foundation Rests On Bedrock
But The Bedrock Rests On Shifting Sand" (T. Rundgren)
Leaks in the foundation of the house plagued Goff for months after he moved in and still threaten the home from time to time. Producing his own version of Rundgren's song was Goff's way of exorcising the demons connected to this mysterious set of coincidences. A bit of the melody and most of the lyrics are taken directly from the Rundgren original, and in the unlikely event that any profit is ever made from this recording, TR will receive his due.
2 The Ballad Of The Drunken Drummer is a Grimm-style fairy tale, its moral aimed at one of Goff's former neighbors who had provided some of the impetus for Goff's move to Kansas City. The original lyrics from the dream that inspired this song were about the pop singer, Sting.
3 The pensive melody and simple lyrics for I'll Never Love Laughter were brought to Goff in a dream on his birthday in 2007. In the dream, Elton John performed the song on the stage of a very fancy theater. A familiar but altered friend of Goff's sat next to John on his piano stool. Karen sat next to Goff. Dianne Feinstein was in the audience too.
This piece was first offered to the public through the Tapegerm Collective (http://www.tapegerm.com/)
and includes sound loops created by Mental Anguish, Dave Fuglewicz, and International Garbageman.
4 Awaken The Rake was inspired by Goff's need to clean up the biggest quantity of fallen leaves ever to grace a property on which he resided. The melody was inspired by his ukulele, not by a dream.
5 Confessional was composed as a birthday gift for Goff's wife, Karen, during the challenging first months of living in Kansas City.
6 A Wasp Is A Bug was inspired by the large quantity of wasps who nested all around Goff's house during the summer of 2009. After this song was recorded, Goff's relationship with wasps developed into one of mutual acceptance and respect.
7 For The Nail Of A Want turns the phrase from the centuries-old proverb For The Want Of A Nail around to describe a familiar human interaction.
8 Time Wiggle features the voice of Carmelita Goff, the sweetest kitty cat ever to cross Goff's path and a friend who appeared out of the Ether itself to join Goff's family in the year 2006.
9 Funeral Procession For Robin McPatsy is dedicated to Robin McPatsy, a baby bird who lived less than a day after leaving its nest. In the spring of 2009, robins nested all over Goff's new Kansas City neighborhood and in at least three places on Goff's own property. One of these nests was so exposed that Goff and his wife kept a daily watch of the action surrounding it. It was a sad day indeed when this tiny hatchling hit the ground unable to fly or to even walk upright.
10 Ave Maria was inspired by Rosalina Gunkel, the matron of the family who lived in Goff's new home from the time it was built until her death, about a year previous to the date when Goff and his wife moved in. Ms. Gunkel was very obviously a devout Catholic, and icons of the Virgin Mary were discovered in several places around the house as Goff and his wife prepared the home for their own habitation. In honor of Ms. Gunkel, many of these icons are still on display in Goff's house.
The version of Ave Maria (Latin: "Hail Mary") interpreted here is that of Franz Schubert, composed in the early 19th Century. Schubert's version included lyrics based on a German translation of Sir Walter Scott's poem, The Lady Of The Lake, also written in the early 19th Century. Goff's version uses the actual Walter Scott verbiage with Schubert's melodies.
Special thanks go out to Karen Goff and to all the members of The River Cow Orchestra, in which Goff was a player during the year that produced the twelve compositions of Diminutive Dispatches.
copyright 2008 and 2009
by Taped Rugs Productions